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The Green Lantern Green Arrow Collection (Green Lantern - Green Arrow Series) Hardcover – December, 2000

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Dennis "Denny" O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s. His best works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Mike Kaluta and The Question with Denys Cowan, all of which were hailed for sophisticated stories that expanded the artistic potential of the mainstream portion of the medium. As an editor, he is principally known for editing Batman. His 1970s run on Batman is perhaps his most well known endeavour, turning Batman from the campiness of the 1960s TV show, to "The Batman", getting back to the character's darker roots and emphasizing his detective skills. This grimer and more sophisticated Dark Knight, as well as new villians such as Ra's Al Ghul, brought back Batman from the verge of pop culture oblivion. His work would influence later incarnations of Batman, from the seminal comic "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller, to the movie Batman Begins in 2005.

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  • Series: Green Lantern - Green Arrow Series
  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Dc Comics (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563896397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563896392
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Blaschke on December 28, 2000
On the verge of cancellation, the space cop comic book Green Lantern was handed to the young creative team of Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams, with the directive of saving it if they could. They responded with quite possibly the most resonant comic stories ever put to print, and that grand influence is still felt today. After years of knocking around with the Justice League, Green Arrow finally developed his socially concious gadfly personality, and this modern-day Robin Hood was never shy about confronting the far more powerful Green Lantern whenever the "law" was placed before "justice." For the first time in comics, environmental, religioius cults, labor and race issues were examined in a serious light. The super-hero lifestyle is caught in the spotlight as well, when the young Roy Harper (aka Speedy, Green Arrow's obligatory Robinesque teen sidekick) is discovered to have developed a heroin addiction during the long months while his mentor was criss-crossing America with Green Lantern. And as an added bonus, the backup story from the Flash series is inclded here as well, in which Green Arrow accidentally kills a criminal while trying to stop a robbery, and has to deal with the social and emotional fallout of that event. Powerful stuff, and it still packs a wallop to this day. Adams' glorious artwork has never been beaten, and O'Neil's writing is top-notch (even if his 70s hipster dialogue is laughable these 30 years later). Throw in the blond bombshell of a hero known as Black Canary, and you've got an indespesable piece of comics history.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2002
i really only have one thing to say. i was a little disappointed that such a great comic was reproduced in such a weak format. the book is set up more like a novel than a comic collection with the paper being of a very low quality. its not bad for the price really but not so great considering that the comics industry has made such an effort to improve the quality of the books they produce. this paper is not even as good as the prestige format paper of the late 80's comics. i just expected more for the high end price. it does have all the great stories and a great cover gallery but it just felt a bit forced together (think of the nick fury steranko tpb $$$). if you have extra money and really love these stories its cheaper to get it this way. if youre a collector i advise buying the individual issues.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2002
In the early 1970's, the comic book world had to start changing. It seems, no matter what problem Superman got himself into, those accursed robots would be called in from the Fortress of Solitude to give him a hand. And Batman's utility belt was always full of what you needed. And characters like Green Lantern and Green Arrow could face whatever villains came their way in the Justice League series. But the problem was, comic books had to grow up to retain readers. What had been aimed largely at children before, began to broaden its audience as a means of survival. (Though if you have the actual comics from the 70s, you'll see the ads are still aimed at a juvenile audience.) One of the first series to push the industry forward was the new Green Lantern/Green Arrow series. This is the O'Neill and Adams era (not included are the subsequent years when O'Neill handled the title with other artists), in which Green Lantern and Green Arrow began to confront inner demons. They'd look at problems in society. True, most of this comes across as not always so subtle liberal propaganda, but when you look beyond the politics, you find amazingly talented writers and artists churning out a good product that makes you think (whether you agree or disagree with their conclusions.) These days, almost all "important" comics require some near Armageddon scene, (think "Watchmen" or "Kingdom Come), but this title managed to talk about important issues without thinking it was even more important than those causes. My only complaint, as pricey as this book is, it should have included the post Adams era.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2001
I do not intend to try to sell this book to any potential buyers. I like to think that those seeking this book out recognize what it is, and the effects that the orginal series had on comic books in the 1960's and 1970's.
In the post 1960's era, where shows like Batman had made comic books look foolish, and childlike, true fans had nowhere to turn. Consider the effects this had on comic book readers in general and those characters themselves. Several books were almost cancelled! The cartoony pop of that era had campy cartoon villians, (like a Cesar Romero Joker) and immature stories. Batman and Robin would fight the Joker, who used huge tubes of paint to defeat the Dynamic Duo.
The stories were running dry. How many times could Lex Luthor trap Superman in a Kryptonite cage??
Enter the heroes.
Neal Adams (the best comic artist ever) came in with Denny O'Neil, and Dick Giordano and redefined the classic DC characters that were becoming "caricatures" of who they were before. The Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories of the sixties and seventies focused on racism, drug use, dependency, disappointment and violence. Those stories brought charcters back from the brink, and showed them as being human.
I have the orginal comics from which the reprint was taken. It's beautiful, well drawn and written. Neal Adams defined the art that has influenced even todays young comic book artists. And the respect I have for the entire team on those books has yet to be repeated.
Read this book because your a fan. You like richly drawn characters. Deeply meaningful stories and of course Green Lantern and Green Arrow. Enjoy the book, i know I did .
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